Greater Western Sydney will cross the ANZAC bridge to battle the Swans at the SCG this weekend, but there is a little side interest for the Shaw family too.
Brothers Rhyce (Swans) and Heath (Giants) will come face to face this weekend as their respective clubs meet in round three of the AFL.
Rhyce and Heath Shaw turned on the humour and brotherly love for the media today; neither hiding the fact they will not mind crossing paths if the opportunity presents itself.
Although the banter has been limited, Heath was quick to play the antagonist at today’s media conference saying he was thankful to even make it to the press conference.
“Last night Rhyce’s missus made me a nice risotto. I was a bit hesitant, I thought she might have put something in their to make me a bit crook but I feel alright this morning.”
Rhyce’s wife probably knew she would not have to stoop that low to mess with the defender. The former Collingwood player’s previous visit to the SCG only lasted 10 minutes, running straight into the knee of Swan’s forward Kurt Tippett.
It is not the only headache GWS are facing; Adam Goodes may be running around in reserves, and Lance Franklin and Josh Kennedy will need to be closely watched.
“Goodesy’s out, we heard that Buddy and Josh Kennedy wanted to play NEAFL as well, but they weren’t allowed so that was something we had to get our heads around,” Heath joked.
Adam Goodes has received plenty of attention over the past 24 hours by choosing to play for Sydney’s reserves team, creating public debate on his future.
Rhyce was quick to come to the defence of his teammate. “You should see him at training he makes a mockery of some of us older blokes. He’s a freak and anyone who says that [he should retire] has rocks in their heads”.
The Swans defender did not know too much about Goodes’ omission but was surprised by the decision.
“I don’t know the in’s and out’s of it, but it’s probably got to do with him wanting to play senior footy as soon as he can”, he said. – Photo and report by Marc Summers